Update from Teamsters National Freight Division Director Ernie Soehl:
I want to acknowledge and thank all the business agents and shop stewards out there helping our freight members get through this pandemic and of course all our freight members who are showing great courage during these unprecedented times.
The freight industry is very much needed and essential during the pandemic, and I’m proud of all the work our freight members do, day after day, under extremely difficult conditions.
Our freight members are the lifeline of America. You are exposed to risks every day. You are true heroes.
As for the specific companies in the Freight Division, I am in contact with the highest levels of management on a constant basis. I request and receive all sorts of data on volumes and revenues as well as safety and COVID-19 updates. We have attorneys, economists and staff working constantly.
Volumes are down at our Teamster-represented freight companies and there are layoffs, but I want to assure you that we are working hard to address these issues and doing everything we can to make sure the interests of our members are protected.
We will leave no stone unturned in our constant efforts to protect the livelihoods of our freight Teamsters. As these efforts continue in the coming days and weeks, please watch for additional updates.
On another matter, the Teamsters Union is denouncing new hours-of-service rules that were released on Thursday, May 14. See the union’s statement here.
Again, thank you to all of our National Freight Division members. Please continue to be safe and look out for each other.